How to format your references using the Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
W.C. Willett, Balancing life-style and genomics research for disease prevention, Science. 296 (2002) 695–698.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Ratajczak, J.B. Nippert, Comment on “Global resilience of tropical forest and savanna to critical transitions,” Science. 336 (2012) 541; author reply 541.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Abou Chakra, C. Hilbe, A. Traulsen, Plastic behaviors in hosts promote the emergence of retaliatory parasites, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4251.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Kosfeld, M. Heinrichs, P.J. Zak, U. Fischbacher, E. Fehr, Oxytocin increases trust in humans, Nature. 435 (2005) 673–676.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
J. Kriegel, Unfairly Labeled, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
F. Ren, Communication and Popularization of Science and Technology in China, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Zondag, K. Geurs, Coupling a Detailed Land-Use Model and a Land-Use and Transport Interaction Model, in: E. Koomen, J. Borsboom-van Beurden (Eds.), Land-Use Modelling in Planning Practice, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011: pp. 79–95.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports.

Blog post
J. Fang, Weak Supernova Leaves Behind a Zombie Star, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, Information Technology: Executive office for U.S. Attorneys Needs to Institutionalize Key IT Management Disciplines, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
C.J. Gaudet, A General Approach to the Direct Detection of Dark Matter, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2013.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
B. Vlasic, M.W. Walsh, G.M. Plans Big Buyouts For Retirees In Pension, New York Times. (2012) B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleBiochemistry and Biophysics Reports
AbbreviationBiochem. Biophys. Rep.
ISSN (print)2405-5808

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